Only those who have billions can bother to spend millions on their own safety if and when the world may possibly come to an end. Cashing on the craze to survive any catastrophic calamity, Robert Vicino, founder and CEO of survival prep company the Vivos Group, is wooing the wealthy to insulate them in the most luxurious hideaways. The doomsday shelters have been designed to shield the occupants from any kind of global disasters, right from nuclear winter to famine or a tsunami that has the potential to wipe out life on the surface of this planet. They are conceptualized to make the residents live in the lap of luxury by providing swimming pools, wine cellars and customized living quarters. One of the luxurious bunker project, Vivos Indiana, boasts of a living area that has 12-and-a-half-foot ceilings, sumptuous black leather couches, wall art featuring cheerful Parisian street scenes, towering faux ferns, a large-screen TV set and plush carpets. It also comes with stocked cupboards featuring 60 varieties of freeze-dried and canned foodstuffs. While there are larger units for six, an eight-by-nine bedroom is expertly designed to deliver more than comfortable living for four people. It also comes with double-queen bunks clothed in 600-thread-count ivory sheets and duvet covers worthy of a four-star hotel.More perks roll out in form of pet kennels for furry friends, a gun safe, a small gym and medical facilities. All of this is powered by two generators housed in a sound-proofed engine room. It carries 30,000 gallon tank full of diesel which is calculated to last for a year of underground living. Another room contains high-grade filters that scrub incoming air of nuclear, biological, and chemical particles.The company has also recently launched Vivos Europa One which is an invitation-only nuclear blast–proof subterranean complex tucked into a former Cold War munitions storage facility in Germany.
With a $35,000 entry fee, the most expensive bunkers to safeguard the existence of the uber-wealthy cost about $3 to $5 million. However an adult spot in Vivos Indiana costs much less and hence the company has sold all but around a dozen of the 80 spots in the Indiana bunker. Additional Vivos facilities, Vicino explains, are private and not publicized.
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